(a.) Made or consisting of iron; partaking of iron; iron; as, irony chains; irony particles.
(a.) Resembling iron taste, hardness, or other physical property.
(n.) Dissimulation; ignorance feigned for the purpose of confounding or provoking an antagonist.
(n.) A sort of humor, ridicule, or light sarcasm, which adopts a mode of speech the meaning of which is contrary to the literal sense of the words.
(1) And the irony of it is it doesn't interest me at all.
(2) The irony of this type of self-manipulation is that ultimately the child, or adult, finds himself again burdened by impotence, though it is the impotence of guilt rather than that of shame.
(3) The irony is that we have more media than ever before, but less insight.
(4) Richard Aylard, director of sustainability and external affairs for Thames Water, said the firm was aware of the irony that heavy rain had set in after the hosepipe ban was announced.
(5) One of the terrible ironies of the Iraq War is that President Bush used the threat of nuclear terrorism to invade a country that had no active nuclear program.
(6) That he was able to keep his secret treasures here, not in some remote corner of the globe but in the centre of the city that gave birth to the National Socialist movement, is both extraordinary and not short of a certain dark irony.
(7) He is wary of pretension, alive to all shades of irony.
(8) There was a thing at the time that said basically: 'Oh, the working classes obviously don't understand this is irony, so Harry's had to kill him off.'
(9) But the character – compounded of piercing sanity and existential despair, infinite hesitation and impulsive action, self-laceration and observant irony – is so multi-faceted, it is bound to coincide at some point with an actor’s particular gifts.
(10) The irony of her image being exchanged in return for commodities in the future,” she said, “seems to recall the way that actual slaves’ bodies were serving as currencies of exchange.” Larson arrived at a different conclusion about the honor.
(11) In the end, though, practical rethinkers have to get beyond the delights of irony and paradox in which Glasman too often wraps himself.
(12) There is a perverse irony that people who have cracked their iPhones are now being targeted by hackers.
(13) The irony of this is that today, when I was getting all of this horrible antisemitic shit that I’ve only ever seen in Russia, I was reminded that 26 years ago today my family came to the US from Russia.
(14) The irony is an uncomfortable one for policymakers.
(15) Because of our slightly younger average age and city location, we were supposedly one of the "new wave" WIs that had started springing up in the years before – groups that rejected crochet and did more modern activities, often with more than a tinge of irony.
(16) White House officials said that Obama, who was planning to work on the final draft of his speech on his flight from Washington to Oslo, would directly address the issue of the irony of being awarded the peace prize while escalating the war.
(17) Labour's pensions spokesman, Gregg McClymont, said: "The irony is that there are lots of good pension schemes out there that are being undermined by what is going on.
(18) She is being helpful, no doubt about that, but there is an unconscious note of power play – not to mention the sweet irony of my having provoked her into pulling not one but two phones out of her bag within seconds of us sitting down.
(19) "The irony of welcoming to the London 2012 Olympic Games an individual who is alleged to have led an organised and brutal repression of athletes because they peacefully exercised their internationally recognised right to freedom of expression and association during Bahrain's Arab Spring would be a blow to all athletes around the world, and irreconcilable with the UK commitment to human rights and claimed support to peaceful pro-democracy movements," the ECCHR said.
(20) A h, the irony of white people complaining about being interrupted by black people.
(v. t.) To state or represent less strongly than may be done truthfully.
(1) The former soldiers we spoke to, and their families, fear a report that will understate combat-related PTSD as a contributory factor.
(2) They are compared with reported incidence of lesions from the Onchocerciasis Control Programme: they are in good agreement for those aged under 30 years, but they understate the observed decline in older subjects.
(3) Sue: Troughton's taste in hats make that fez look positively understated.
(4) A small number of contactless transactions could be made before the card is blocked However, the figure could understate the true level of losses as many customers are unaware that they can still be defrauded after reporting a card as stolen or lost.
(5) He may be quiet and he may be understated, but he is ruthlessly competitive with a relentless drive towards one aim: to succeed.
(6) She talks about her "feminine and understated" negotiating style, and how helpful it is, though frankly, her immediate stance on Greece – belt up and get on with it – won't strike protesting Greeks as at all understated, I shouldn't think.
(7) "The full impact of the coalition government's planned fiscal tightening has been understated," said John Philpott, chief economist at the CIPD.
(8) That enthusiasm for elegant, understated clothing and bags has paid off, as Prada has bucked the downturn to open stores around the world – 63 in the year to last September – and rack up €409m (£352m) in profit in the first three quarters of 2012, a huge rise of 50% year on year, boosted by an increase of 41% in Asian sales.
(9) Her calm, understated style is perfect for Aberdovey, and would not be out of place in coolest Cornwall or even California, where she and husband Gareth used to live.
(10) "Had General Dostum gone to another ticket, my winning would have become theoretical," Ghani said in the conservatory of his understated home in west Kabul, shortly before the Helmand gathering.
(11) This had the effect of incorrectly understating both our receipts and payments as reported on the original return which have now been corrected in the amended return.” “We have implemented measures to ensure that these errors are not repeated in future annual returns.” The donation amendments were revealed by DisclosureBot , a Twitter bot that tweets whenever political parties file donation amendments , or when politicians update their register of interests.
(12) One wonders what his defense minister Ehud Barak and the former Mossad chief Meir Dagan, and other Israeli leaders who disagree with him in his analysis of the urgency of the Iranian nuclear threat, think of his public commitment to such a fraught – that understates it – such a perilous and perhaps impracticable military operation.
(13) But the more understated David Tanner, GB Rowing performance director, and sailing's ebullient Stephen Park have been equally influential in their own sports.
(14) VW could face billions in car tax repayments over latest CO2 scandal Read more VW admitted in September to cheating tests for emissions of nitrogen oxides and the scandal widened with the company’s revelation last week that it had also understated carbon dioxide emissions.
(15) My friends and the teachers were just the same, and in my science class we managed to watch the game again.” To say Ibe is close to his parents would be understating the case.
(16) Statistical association of alleles may cause estimates based on the assumption of statistical independence to understate the true matching probabilities by many orders of magnitude.
(17) To the extent that the implant superimposition is to be considered the true and correct one, the anatomical best fit superimposition appears to understate the true downward remodeling of the palate by an average of about 0.3 and 0.4 mm per year, although this value differs at different ages and timepoints.
(18) Bottle Rocket , a heist movie released in 1996, was understated, amusing, very original and a commercial flop.
(19) If so, it would seem likely to overcome one of the most understated but nonetheless greatest difficulties associated with molecular modelling and computer-aided drug design--reproducibility.
(20) Happy Valley review: understated, refreshing – and with bodies already piling up Read more This should come as no surprise given that Sally Wainwright , the show’s creator, has been responsible for what feels like every British hit save for Downton Abbey in the past few years: Last Tango in Halifax , which also played well in the US; and the crime drama Scott and Bailey .